THE DECISION to postpone the scheduled start to the Tyrone All-County Leagues this weekend is more of an inconvenience than a problem, according to managers.
Games in all three divisions were due to commence this Sunday, but fixtures chiefs have moved to delay the start until at least Easter weekend due to Tyrone’s ongoing involvement in the Ulster u-21 Championship, with their provincial semi-final against Down fixed for next Wednesday night at Casement Park.
Although the postponed start has upset the plans of club bosses, the bigger concern according to new Loughmacrory manager Ciaran Meenagh is that when games do get underway there are no further delays to the league programme.
“A delay for a week or two at the start it doesn’t matter, because they didn’t start until the middle of April last year. What I would urge though is that when they do start, they have the courage to follow through with the fixtures and run them off the way they did last year.”
It’s Meenagh’s first step into senior management, having called time on his club career at the end of the 2010 campaign following a frustrating time with injuries. He was able to observe from the outside, and admits that he was envious of the schedule of games which club players in Tyrone enjoyed last year.
Now in the managerial hot-seat, he hopes that the same quick-fire schedule of league games early in the year will serve his side well.